The Libre Graphics Research Unit is a traveling lab where new ideas for creative tools are developed. The Research Unit is an initiative of four European media-labs actively engaged in Free/Libre and Open Source Software and Free Culture. This cross-disciplinary project involves artists, designers and programmers and is developed in dialogue with the Libre Graphics community.

The Libre Graphics Research Unit works around four interconnected threads:

Around each thread we organise Research meetings and commissions. We host workshops, a physical workstation and a conference. The LGRU Reader brings all four threads together.

LGRU.net - research thread: Uncategorized

Books with an attitude

The Libre Graphics Research Unit presents Books with an attitude, an exhibition of printed books made with Libre digital tools. This exhibition includes Libre bookdesign and typography from all over Europe, demonstrating how content, aesthetics and Libre tools can play together.

The exhibition will be opened by Manuel Schmalstieg of Greyscale Press (Geneva) Exhibition design and curation: Manufactura Independente (Porto)

Maus Habitos Rua Passos Manuel 178, 4º 4000-382 Porto 22 -> 31 May 2013

LGRU.net - research thread: Research meetings

The Libre Graphics Research Unit in Porto

From 22 to 25 May the Libre Graphics Research Unit gathers in Porto and this meeting concludes the two year project. Hosted by associate partner Manufactura Independente in Maus Habitos we will present and discuss all work that was developed in the context of the Research Unit: The Piksels and Lines Orchestra, Superglue, Graphical Shell prototype, the Future Tools event, Grafica Libre estacion de trabajo, Tools for a Read-Write World, Considering your tools: a reader for designers and developers, and  Continue Reading »

LGRU.net - research thread: Abstracting Craft, Co-position, Networked Graphics, Piksels and Lines

Commissions

At the core of the LGRU-project is a series of research commissions that allowed artists and software developers to work together on projects that creatively re-think the way practice and tools interact. The results of this work are currently under review, but you can already enjoy some of the results here.

From: Future Tools ✁

making tools that punch holes into walls

Interesting discussion on whether or not cultural organisations should ‘oblige’ artists to work with free licenses (thread starts with http://nettime.org/Lists-Archives/nettime-l-1406/msg00018.html): “In the end, free culture has been an essential step and great opportunity to sync all sorts of individuals, groups and communities who would probably not have connected with each others, and maybe the recruiting [...]

From: PIKSEL

Piksel 13 || RIOT streams

From: PIKSEL

Piksel13 || RIOT

The 11th annual Piksel Festival for Electronic Art and Free Technologies – Exhibitions – workshops – live art – presentationsRead the Rest…

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PIKSEL13 || RIOT – Open Workshops

PIKSEL13 || RIOT * PIKSEL13 workshop series * Free and Open Creative Technology workshops In connection with the PIKSEL13 festivalRead the Rest…

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We need YOU for Piksel13 | RIOT (21-24 November) !

Would you perhaps like to be our art exhibition assistant? Are you great at selling tickets, distributing information, or handlingRead the Rest…

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Piksel presents:

In collaboration with Trafo we have invited Afroditi Psarra and Constanza Pina to host this exciting three-day workshop at theRead the Rest…

From: Future Tools ✁

Paradox

Bruce Mau’s Incomplete manifesto for growth was originally published in 1998. It was recently revisited by students from ERG, Brussels.

LGRU.net - research thread: Abstracting Craft, Co-position, Commissions, Networked Graphics, Piksels and Lines

Considering your tools

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Today’s creation largely depends on digital tools. Far from being a neutral mean to an artistic achievement, those tools are actually opinionated: they carry values and are full of conventions about the way things “ought” to be done. Because of this, we think it is crucial to raise awareness among practitioners in order to make software and machines into tools to think with (or against), and to let us speculate about future  Continue Reading »

From: PIKSEL

Call: Piksel Remote Hacklab – Experimental Communication System Open Workshop, Venice

Piksel Remote Hacklab: Experimental Communication System Open Workshop, Free 2-day workshop, Venice, May 28-29th, 12pm-late. Recent studies have shown thatRead the Rest…

From: Constant

Libre Graphics Research Unit in Porto

From 22 to 23 May the Libre Graphics Research Unit gathers in Porto and this meeting concludes the two year project. Hosted by associate partner Manufactura Independente in Maus Habito we will present and discuss all work that was developed in the context of the Research Unit: The Piksels and Lines Orchestra, Superglue, Graphical Shell prototype, the Future Tools event, Grafica Libre estacion de trabajo, Tools for a Read-Write World, Considering your tools: a reader for designers and (…)

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